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Regents Roundup

Editor’s note: The following actions were taken by the Board of Regents at its March meeting.

Approval granted for four U-M Health System projects
The regents gave approval to proceed with three projects at the Hospitals and Health Centers (HHC), as well as authorization to issue a fourth project for construction bids. All projects will be funded from HHC resources.

Sedation and recovery space for outpatients will be created in the Pediatric Cardiology department of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital by next winter. Currently, outpatients recover in designated spaces several floors removed from the department. The project is estimated to cost $923,000 and will be designed by Integrated Design Solutions.
To meet increased patient growth and advances in technology, the Vestibular Testing Center in the MedInn Building will be renovated this summer through three phases to allow the unit to remain operational during the project. Renovations will provide additional seating in the waiting area, sound isolation between the waiting area and receptionists, improved staff work areas, and space for new clinical and research equipment. The project is estimated to cost $753,000 and will be designed by Gunn Levine Architects.

The food preparation galleys that serve the University and Mott hospitals will be renovated to update food preparation and storage areas, as well as provide new refrigeration, cooking and patient tray delivery and warming equipment. The project, designed by Ann Arbor Architects Collaborative, is estimated to cost $2.7 million, which includes $1.7 million for specialized equipment. The project is scheduled to be completed this fall.

The East Ann Arbor computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging expansion project will be issued for bids and construction contracts will be awarded. The $7.2 million expansion is scheduled to be completed in fall 2006.

Nursing lab to be expanded
The School of Nursing clinical skills laboratory, comprised of the Physical Assessment Lab and a Nursing Skills Lab, will be expanded this summer to accommodate an increasing number of students. The project also will renovate two first-floor classrooms and two seminar rooms. School of Nursing and Office of the Provost resources will fund the estimated $1.6 million budget.

Two utilities projects approved
A project to replace part of the underground utilities tunnel and another to improve the indoor temperature at the James B. Angell Hall Computing Center were approved.
The tunnel project, estimated to cost $2.25 million, will replace a 70-year-old tunnel intersection near the Chemistry Building. Funding will be provided from utility resources. The project is scheduled to be completed next winter.
A second air handling system will be installed in the computing center to address the current lack of heating and cooling capacity. LSA and general fund resources will cover the $610,000 project budget.

Ann Arbor Campus

Administrative appointments
Kevin K. Gaines, director, Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, LSA, effective April 1, 2005-June 30, 2008.
James L. Hilton, interim university librarian, University Library, effective April 1, 2005.
Ronald G. Larson, chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2005-Aug. 31, 2008.
Bridget M. McCormack, associate dean for clinical affairs, Law School, effective April 1, 2005-March 31, 2007.
Lawrence M. Seiford, chair, Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, College of Engineering, effective Sept. 1, 2005-Aug. 31, 2008.
Daniel A. Washington, reappointment and change in title to associate dean for minority services, School of Music, effective June 1, 2005-May 31, 2008.

Named professorships
Frederick Brian Talbot, David B. Hermelin Professor of Business Administration, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, effective Sept. 1, 2004-May 31, 2009.

Established and renamed professorships
Establishment of the Marion and David Handleman Research Professorship in Vascular Surgery, Medical School, effective March 17, 2005.

Establishment of the James V. Neel Collegiate Professorship in Human Genetics, Medical School, effective March 17, 2005.

Renaming of an existing collegiate professorship as the E. Benjamin Wylie Collegiate Professorship in Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, effective March 1, 2005.

Dearborn Campus

Administrative appointments
Stanley E. Henderson, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student life, effective April 1, 2005-June 30, 2008.

Flint Campus

Nallapu N. Reddy, professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, effective Dec. 31, 2004. Reddy’s major research interests include natural resources, energy and environmental economics. His expertise and reputation have led to several media invitations, including two 30-minute discussion programs on the ABC network. Reddy also was instrumental in developing the honors program in economics.

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